Car Care Tips to Consider Before Your Summer Road Trip

With many of us making road trips over the coming weeks – whether they are for a few days, a week of a few weeks – be sure your car is ready.  Thanks to guest blogger Tony Lucacio from Merrimack Valley Insurance for reminding us so that we can enjoy our time with our family and not be pulled over on the side of the road waiting for AAA. 

 

Before you head out on that road trip that you have been planning, you are going to want to make sure that you keep your car in the best condition possible. Here are some tips to keep your car running smoothly before you begin driving down the open road.

  • Check your oil level and check for bubbles or foam, a milky appearance, or a strong smell of gasoline. These signs can indicate a need for an oil change.
  • Check the inflation of your tires. By having properly inflated tires you can increase your car’s gas mileage and lengthen the life of your tires.
  • Be sure to check all lights on the car, including the headlights, brake lights, blinkers, and high beams, to ensure they are properly working.
  • Clean your battery and make sure that it is charged. Hot weather can cause batteries to not hold charges because of evaporation of internal battery fluid.
  • Check the coolant level. Sitting in traffic on a hot, summer day can cause the temperature of the engine to go up and this can cause engine problems.
  • Have good windshield wipers. During heavy rainstorms it is important to be able to see what is going on in front of you especially during harsh driving conditions.
  • Finally make sure to have your car’s registration with you and make sure that your car’s inspection sticker is up to date when going on a road trip.

By following these little tips before leaving on that road trip, you won’t end up in the auto shop having to fix up your car. If you do happen to end up in that auto shop you can contact Massachusetts Auto Insurance for advice on what to do. Hopefully this information can help keep you off the side of the road and keep you cruising down the highway.

Tony Lucacio  Merrimack Valley Insurance (Billerica)

 

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